07:36 AM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/02/2013 03:00PM
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Originally posted 02/01/2013 04:00PM
In the fast and dangerous sport of IndyCar racing, Dario Franchitti could always take comfort in knowing his biggest fan would be waiting for him at the finish line in her signature floppy hat and movie star smile.
Wife Ashley Judd's devotion was never more public than when Franchitti won his first of three Indianapolis 500s on a rain-soaked day in 2007 as she danced and ran down the raceway to celebrate.
"When he was introduced, or got a good pole position she yelled and waved her hands in the air and was there to support him in a big way," a source at another track, Watkins Glen International raceway in New York, tells PEOPLE. "He is not that outgoing but it seemed cute and like a nice thing for a high-profile actress to be so there for her husband."
Originally posted 01/29/2013 08:05PM
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.
"We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed," Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement on Tuesday.
After being engaged for about two years, the Missing star and the racecar driver tied the knot in a highly private ceremony in Scotland in 2001.
Originally posted 05/29/2012 02:00PM
After winning this third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Dario Franchitti celebrated with his family – including his dogs.
The Italian champ posed for photos along the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with wife Ashley Judd and their two cockapoos, Buttermilk and Shug, who have also helped dad mark his accomplishment in the past.
But despite being repeat visitors to Indiana's capital, the pups still managed to live it up.
Originally posted 05/06/2012 09:00AM
When Ashley Judd heard about an animal abuse case involving a dog getting thrown out of a moving car window, she took it personally.
The Tennessee-based actress first called Snooty Giggles, the rescue organization that took the dog into its care, then the local clinic where the dog ended up, Animalia Health & Wellness for Animals. She said she wanted to visit the approximately 5-year-old cockapoo, who had been named Walter after the councilman who helped find care for the dog.
Originally posted 04/12/2012 07:55AM
Ashley Judd says the generally horrified reaction last month to her puffy face, caused by the medication she was taking for a sinus infection, is a sad commentary on our society's obsession with appearance.
"I think it's hatred of women that invites the criticism," the Missing actress, 43, said Wednesday on NBC's Nightly News, with additional comments on Thursday's Today show. "I think it's the objectification of girls and women and this hypersexualization of our society that invites the criticism."
She added: "It doesn't have anything to do with me, really, and how I look."
Originally posted 03/16/2012 09:30AM
Ashley Judd set the plastic surgery rumor mill into motion this week, when she appeared on a Canadian talk show to promote her new TV series, Missing, looking a little ... well, bloated.
The typically svelte actress's face was noticeably puffy during her appearance, sparking speculation that she had undergone a cosmetic procedure.
But that's not the case, according to her rep.
"Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu," the rep, Cara Tripicchio, told E! News, adding that Judd has "been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it."
Originally posted 04/05/2011 06:25PM
In a raw new memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, Ashley Judd is baring all when it comes to being raised as the daughter of country music's Naomi Judd.
"My childhood was erratic, chaotic, unstable," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I was so the lost child, who just goes away and can be invisible while sitting in the middle of the room."
"I know that my mom did the best she could as did my dad," Judd, 42, continues, "but for a variety of reasons, it was just hurtful."
Originally posted 02/09/2009 11:55AM
And so the feud continues.
Ashley Judd once again criticized Sarah Palin for supporting the practice of aerial wolf and bear killings in Alaska, calling the governor's program a "distortion" and "incredibly savage."
"It's her pet project," Judd, 40, told CNN's Larry King as she took her fight to stop the killing of wildlife to TV along with the environmental advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife's CEO Rodger Schlickeisen.
"She promotes the brutal aerial killing of wolves," said the actress. "It is not ethical, it is not appropriate, it doesn't make sense on any level."
Originally posted 02/05/2009 10:15AM
Sarah Palin has a brand new rival: the Defenders of Wildlife, fronted by actress and animal-rights activist Ashley Judd, NBC News reported on Thursday's Today show.
In a new Web video, Judd tries to move the Alaska governor to stop her state's practice of killing wolves and bears from airplanes – a sport in which Palin herself has said she participates.
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